upstate ny and much of the north eastern seaboard is still recovering from Irene. Please send anything/donations to your county's distressed: $ for rebuilding businesses, roads, schools etc....anything you can spare is great.
Harvest season's in full swing in the north east: the corn is prefect this year. Try to find/eat corn that is from older hybrids; they're sweeter and are not GMO plus are usually grown with lest pesticides/herbicides. Use 100% of the corn....save the husks for tamales, junzu or to wrap fish or vegetables for steaming..they look great as plate garnish too. The cobs are used in stocks for a natural thickener and sweetener: they can be cut and dried to be used as kindling in your stove or fireplace too.
Great vegan roasted corn chowder and old school hush-puppies recipes are covered: they are great autumn/late summer sides or dinner.
Inexpensive proteins are covered: folks don't have $ for expensive animal proteins these days. Great proteins can be found from the ocean or lakes: mussels, squid, conch, carp, porgies, black fish....inexpensive, protein and nutrient packed, easy to find and cook, (squid can be labor intensive but work the work). These are 1/4 the price of chicken, chemical free, fast cooking and very versatile. Go local for your fish/shellfish protein...the price will be lower. If you must eat animal....go with fresh fish/shellfish as your animal protein: aquiculture his policed by the state and fed because it does not have a huge lobby to impeded proper oversight of USDA and FDA. One of the healthiest dietary regimes for most people is fish & vegetarian diet..great for just about everything in your body....
Middle and Lower Income Class Americans have got to stop being poisoned by eating fast foods....1x a month is more then most folks should eat this stuff....GARBAGE IN..GARBAGE OUT. McD's, Burger King, Papa John's...they're good as a treat not as a daily or weekly thing. Get off your asses, save some $$$, shop and hit your own kitchen. Get the whole family to pitch in and you'll have the time and $ to embrace good health.
More and more state and local gov't are embracing educational institutions cooking their own food to serve to students!! Bravo! In the long run, it's a win/win situation. It's cheaper to purchase raw ingredients and cook in sight then to purchase pre-made, industrial food from a factory. Outsourcing does not work on any level. Providing good, steady skilled labor jobs for kitchen workers, excellent, fresh food for students is the the old school, way to go.
Eating the proper oils and foods for great skin: avocado, dark, high quality chocolate, nuts and seeds rule to feed the body and keep you thin, healthy and strong.